Liatris spicata

Gayfeather

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Mauve

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Liatris spicata
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Plant details

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, is an exotic perennial bearing long-lasting spikes of deep magenta bottle-brush flowers in contrast with strappy green leaves. It's perfect for adding late-summer colour to an herbaceous border, and makes an excellent cut flower. It's extremely attractive to bees and butterflies.

For best results grow Liatris spicata in well-drained soil in full sun. Propagate by division in spring.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Liatris

Species: spicata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mauve

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

Time to divide plants: March to April


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